5 Myths About Sedation Dentistry
Even though sedation dentistry has been used safely and successfully for decades, people still tend to believe all sorts of myths surrounding it. And, because of these myths, they postpone getting treatment, making their oral health problems worse.
If you've been avoiding going to the dentist because of your anxiety and think that sedation dentistry is unsafe or ineffective, then this article is for you.
Here are some of the most common sedation myths debunked.
Myth #1: Sedation Is Unsafe
One of the main reasons people are scared of sedation is because they think it's unsafe. While some forms of sedation, such as general anesthesia, do carry more risks, others are less intrusive and safer.
What's more, the dentist will first check your medical history and current health to make sure that you are a good candidate for sedation.
Once you get the green light, the sedative will be administered by certified professionals who will monitor you at all times.
Myth #2: There Is Only One Type of Sedation Dentistry
Whenever people hear of sedation, most of them imagine being put to sleep. But that's just one form of sedation, and is the most intense one.
In reality, there are various types of sedation, varying from mild, such as laughing gas and oral conscious sedation to moderate, such as IV sedation. General anesthesia is only used for complex procedures. So, for example, if you only need a root canal, your dentist will likely recommend something like oral conscious sedation to help ease your stress and anxiety.
Myth #3: Only Adults Can Be Sedated
Children can be sedated too. And, it makes sense if you think about it. It can be hard for a child to sit still while a stranger checks their teeth. Or maybe the noise of the instruments makes them too anxious.
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is one of the most commonly used sedatives in sedation dentistry for kids. Its effects are quick and mild - the child feels relaxed within minutes after inhaling the gas - and the effects go away just as quickly when the mask is removed. Moreover, the child will be awake and responsive throughout the entire procedure and the side effects are almost nonexistent.
Myth #4: Sedation Dentistry Always Takes a Long Time to Wear Off
In reality, it depends on the type of sedation used. As we said, in the case of laughing gas, the effects go away in about five minutes after you stop inhaling the gas. The effects are so minimal that you can even drive yourself home after the procedure.
Other sedatives, such as IV sedation or oral conscious sedation may need a longer time to wear off and you will need someone to accompany you and help you after the procedure.
Myth #5: Dental Sedation Works for Everyone
Although sedation dentistry is safe, it's not suitable for everyone. Your dentist will recommend against sedation if you are pregnant, are taking medications that could interfere with the sedative, are allergic to medications like benzodiazepines, have a stuffy nose, or suffer from certain chronic diseases.
Are You Curious About Sedation Dentistry? We're Here to Help!
If you have more questions about sedation dentistry or would like if you're a good candidate, Landman Dentistry by the Lake is here to guide you.
Contact us to book your appointment and talk about your concerns and dental issues with our dentists.